, but now I think we'll probably just get another used car. The Boston winters have convinced us we'd like something with good handling in ice and snow. We're not really SUV people. Because of their reputation for reliability (and ubiquity in the region), we're leaning towards a used Outback. Do you have any recommendations or tips 1) about buying a used car in MA generally, and 2) about buying a used Outback in particular?
This is for Boston, in particular. We'll be paying cash; no financing.
A couple of examples of what I'm looking for:
On the general topic of used car buying in MA, there's the MA Lemon Law
and Lemon Aid Law
. Are there other laws and resources we should know about? E.g., "MA has a database of complaints about dealers you can search online" or "You have a right to a 60 minute test drive" (both of which I'm making up, but you get the idea).
On used Outbacks (or, to the extent relevant, new ones), is there anything I should know in particular? Based on inventories online, the Subaru dealers have a mix of 2011s onward. E.g., "the 2012 3.6s often had a flange problem" or "a used Limited is a much better deal that a used Premium" or whatever. Recommendations for specific dealers would be welcome, and if you have a trusted independent Subaru mechanic to do an inspection, that would be great, too.
And... if we're totally barking up the wrong tree, free free to say so. If the absolute smartest thing is to get a RAV4 in Maine and bring it back, I'd love to hear it.